Dr. Bovington was born in Gonbridge Wells, Kent County, England on December 2, 1869 to Richard and Emma Bovington (nee Deuch). He came to Canada in 1890. After training for the ministry at Woodstock College and McMaster University, where he graduated in 1899, he attended Rochester Theological Seminary before being ordained in Victoria BC. In addition to Victoria, Bovington held pastorages in Windsor and St. Thomas, ON.
Bovington married his wife Martha Lockhart (1870-1957) in Oxford, ON on January 3, 1900. The couple had at least four children: Richard Dadson (1901-1972), Marguerite Agnes (1902-1975), David L (1904-1953) and Archibald T (1906-1983).
In 1906, Bovington went to Rochester to take his Doctor of Divinity; while there he was an instructor in Systematic Theology and Homiletics. In 1915, he took his Master's in Systematic Theology at the University of Chicago. From 1916 - 1925, Bovington served as the pastor of First Baptist Church, Cleveland, OH.
In 1925, Bovington was asked to become the fourth president of Brandon College. Although he accepted the position his wife and family did not accompany him to Brandon when he arrived in the summer of 1925. Bovington resigned from the Presidency on May 24, 1926, claiming that the pressure of trying to secure funds for the financial support of the school was beyond his strength.
David Bovington died in Cleveland, OH on August 21, 1955.
Scope and Content
Dr. Bovington was President for only nine months. His collection includes correspondence regarding the Baptist Union of Western Canada, Modernists, and Dr. MacNeill. As well, religious field work is documented. There is quite a bit of correspondence from the Registrar and Bursar regarding student accounts. Fundraising for Brandon College is documented, especially the Davies’ Fund campaign and the Endowment Fund campaign. There is quite a bit of correspondence to and from Dr. MacNeill, who was Acting President, from before Dr. Bovington arrived in Brandon and after he resigned.
Some tearing around the edges of some of the cards and a number of the cards are quite dirty. The first card - Sidney Robert Howe - is so faded it is almost illegible.
Scope and Content
File contains registration cards for the following students: Sidney Robert Howe, James William Farrar, Henry Hillyer, William C. Parsons, Howard Ernest Fairchild, Herbert Sellar Rutherford, John Barriman Dodson, James LeRoy Stoat, Robert McCaul, Norman Burke, Luella Muriel Macdonald, Jas. William Carrick, Ellerton S. Hopper, Frank H. Fenwick, Henrietta Koester, Elizabeth A. Henderson, Nora A. Brown, John Baldwin, James C. Murdoch, Peter Macgregor, William Henry Wakefield, Otto Reginald Schultz, Harry Royden Schultz, J. Hilton McGregor, George Alfred Reynolds, Alfred Northam, Fred Poyner, May Hall, Russell Hartney, Charles Angus McCance, Robert McLaren Johnstone McDougall, George A. Fraser, James Thomas Gamey, Wesley Morrison, Harold Alonzo Wolverton, John Carruthers Stagg, Harry W. Ellis, Leslie Hilton Head, Gertrude Hopper, Emanuel Selley, Hugh Winton, Bedford Almer Tingley, Alexander Sidney Parnall, William Parker Freeman, Alex Vincent Darrach, Chester Dunham Gainer, Wilson M. Graham, William Rosser McLaurin, Ernest James Bingham, R.A. Gibson, Maxwell Richard Parkin, James Lockhart Stark, Mehets(?) Kriewetzky, George Herbert Foster, John Campbell Bowen, Donald McIntyre, Mary Eleanor Brandon, Mamie J. Greaves, J. G. Dickson, Olive Joy Merrill, Leslie C. Whitelaw, H.S. Mullowney, John Herbert Frith, Oscar William Thompson Welsh, Charles Herbert Fee, John E. Kidd, Lorne Nelson Laidlaw, Harold Bolton Bedford, Peter C. Robertson, Herbert S. Sneyd, Wilbur F. Baker, Henry Millon Sampson, Ezra A. Thompson, Edgar William Johnson, Jno. McGregor Menzies, James Liggett, William Alfred Neff, John Freeman Cameron, Henry N. Honeyman, Archie Lamont, Homer Ernest Agar, Wilbie Mary Elizabeth Magwood, George Ross Michie, Annie McKillop, Edward Walker Hannah, Ethel Ross, John Kennedy Kerster, William George Clendening, George McTavish, Herbert S. Nichol, Donald McKinnon, James P. Hood, Alexander M. Dalgleish, F.W. Ball, Charles Zink, Laura Graham, Agnes M. Johnston, Georgie N. Davies, Albert Rabe, George Nelson Broatch, Amelia Laura Umbach, Arthur James Bowbrick, Coleman James Davies, Edna Laidlaw, Elizabeth Simonson, Roland Bell, Elba Clare Ramsay, Barbara Livingstone Purdon, Jessie Mary McKenzie, William T.F. Finch, John McCaul, Stella Williamena Donaldson, Earle R. Greenwood, Mercy E. McKenzie, Ernest Frith, Fred P. Clark, Thomas Todrick, John Bruce Kerr, Duncan Arthur Bell, William Reginald Morrison, William Samuel Young, Robert J. Dunsmore, Alfred Walker Bell, Francis J.G. Barber, William Henry Robertson, Helen Beveridge, Finlay William McKinnon, Lucy Birtles, Robert William Conn, May Rutter, Christopher Rice, Edward Jones, Linda Shore, Edythe Shore, and Mamie Macdougall.
John Campbell Bowen was the first theology graduate of Brandon College. He was later Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.
RG 1 Brandon College fonds
Series 4: Office of the Registrar
4.11 Registration cards
File contains registration cards for the following students: Lawrence Reekie Miller, Mary Elizabeth Underhill, Clarence Albert Morgan, W. Arnold Bennett, Joseph Alexander Wiklund, Sam Sodomsky, Duncan Scott McIntyre, Florence Jean Leslie, Wellingston Clinton Gainer, Donald Grant(?) McKnight, Harold Carlyle Hodges, Frederic William Chambers, Mary Ann Thomson, Muriel Gladys Robertson, Libbie Lyle Ross, Maximillian Sodomsky, Elsie Pearl Underhill, Frances Mary Wolverton, Edna Mildred Burton, Hilda Schofield, Maria Corbett(?) Grant, Ida May Crawford, Grace Ellison Kennedy, Zoe Ellen Margerrison Hough, Elizabeth Greig, Phyllis Marguerite Rea, Eva Ross McNaught, Mabel Eva Gibson, Lillie May Coutts, Muriel Evelyn Golding, Ina Lolita Elliott, Jean Ferguson Cameron, Gabriel Dojacek, Maude Wilson, Helena Isabel Freer, H.L. MacNeill, Margaret Monteith, Carrie Chinkunboomer, Marjorie Bell McKenzie, Finn Tungeland, Dorothy Jean Ida Smiley, Stella Munshaw, Gwendolyn McGregor, Thelma Irene Smith, Beryl Aileen Stardaker, Mabel Van Norman, Kathleen Alexandra Struthers, Ethel May Nims, George William Bicknell, Ethelwyne Irene Mackay, Elizabeth Williamson, Aubyn Russell Sandison, James Carr(?) Sandison, Norma Akitt Bates, Lillian Evelyn Edmison, Annie Mabel May Nichol, Mrs. F.L. Beer, George Wesley Denstedt, Elsie Letitia Lee, Winnifred Brewer, Ellen Greig, Mayme Edna Olts, Madge Clement, Florence Eleno Smith, Millicent Marguerite Willows, Margaret Stella Grant, Norma Petch, Christine Margaret Taylor, Maud Orchard, Evangeline L. Cline, William Burt(?) Westman, David McLean McNaught, Lois Verna McNaught, Robert Alton Logan, Gordon Arthur Douglas, Stanley Septimus Hornby, Ruby Mae(?) Smith, Belle Shier, Norman Edgar Mitchell, Gertie Christina Stromgren, Jennie Olivia Olson, David Roy Lunn, Lillian Agnes Cooper, Alvin John McKnight, Samuel Bowtel Franklin, Maurice Crosbie Fitzgerald, Essie Ingeborg Hindorff(?), Cecil Leslie Strachan, Robert Joeseph Rourke, Lillian Maude Leybourne, Sarah Spector, Florence Louise Campbell, James Wilfred Moffat, Herman Dionysuis Riggs, William Jas. Thomson, Ernest Clifford Sproule, Edith Esther Peterson, Cordelia Belle MacKay, Stella May Bolton, Madge la Prairie Struthers, James Harris McKee, Verna Parke Grantham, Jean Marion Avery, Joseph Krendell, Christopher Riley, Dorothy Marion Kelly, George Hinch, Margaret May Husband, James William Beer, Nicholas Bilasz, Abe Livingstone, Margaret Ethel Cunliffe, Aletha Elisson Blight, Clifford Turnbull, George Brownlee Craig, Henry Grace Connolly, Karl Yaeger, William Alex Moore, Mercy Elizabeth Smith, Ruth Ella Clare Morgan, Elma Barbara Massin, Donald Rea. Wilkie, Gladys Evenden(?), Daisy Greta Fenwick, Eva Price Saunders, Mary Josephine Higgenbotham, Frances Irene Higgenbotham, Margaret Webster Higginbotham, Helen Gertrude Clement, Georgie Isa Lockhart, Annie Sophia Hemmingson(?), Eunice Sarah Whidden, Huber Duthie Creelman, Edith Emily Irwin, William John Hamilton Abey, Marguerite Murray, Hazel Willard Drause, Florence Langton, Walter White, John Gray Grant, James Wellington Bambridge, Mildred Annie Hanley, Barbara Lacy Macdonnell, Agnes McPherson, Mary Freedman, Evan McDonald Whidden, Florence Corfield(?), Hazel Cordellia Merner, John Howard Chapman, Marjorie Alleen Sherrin, Anna Mildred Sherrin, Marie Christina Cameron, Arthur Laurence Wrye, Clara Isabella Nesbitt, Eunice Eleanor Bullard, Ruth Erickson-Sanborn, Arthur Herbert Pullen, Ruby Espeth Margaret McDonald, Edith Mary Gerrand, Muriel Hargrave Shewan, Johan Alfred Johnson, Annie Emiline Lundy, James Edward Lloyd, Victor Emmanuel Nordlund, Helen Glanville Coram, Charles Ganong Whidden, Arthur Arnold Stott, Clarence Earl Cole, Herbert Archibald Robertson, George Kenneth Macpherson, Mary Kathleen Moffat, David Hjalmar Stromgren, Elsie Grace Pithart(?), William Kenneth Gordon, Kathleen May Gordon, Ethel Ruth Clement, Annie May McLachlan, D'Arcy George Cook, Victor Theodor Mastberg, Joseph Edward Cooper, Clara Margaret Molberg, Gladys Kathleen Gibson, Ruben Richard Molbeerg, Evelyn Frances Beckwith Doig, Mamie Hanley, Ellwood Murray Brown Chapman, Gwendolyn E. Davies, Charles Johan Nilsson, Ernest John Lawrence Bisson, Helier(?) Pepin, Marion Kathleen Waddell, Annie Ruth Mitchell, John Owen Winton, Bessie Freedman, Alexander Franklin Nichol, Grace Margaret Rowe, Flora Mary Pitfield(?), Marguerite Bullock, Helen Marie Wedin, Algot Israel Runeman, Reita Wood Bambridge, Bertha Miriam Clarke, Harold Pratt Clark, Pearl Janet Wedin, Clarence David Hardy, Jessie Agnes Kirkland, Fred. Earl Howard, Maybelle Bernice Porterfield, Hazel Irene Porterfield, Annie Cohen, Vivienne Bernice Pascoe, Marion Gertrude Reesor, Marion Reta Willmott, Lloyd Daniel McPhail, Margaret Jean Gammon, Donald Stewart Forsyth, Hazel Mary Payne, Beatrice Hall, Adelene(?) Monica Bailey, John Harold Forshaw, Eunice G. Carlson, Jean Isobel Downey, Verna Belle Morgan, Hilda Gillespie, Elfleda(?) Race, Reynard Lindquist, Leslie Albert Glinz, Ethel May Peirson, Gladys Basman, Joel Siegfried Peterson, Johan Amandus Bystedt, Victor Glen Clark, Anne Gwendolen Davies, William Everett Willamson, Susan Gwendolynne Whidden, Eleanor Abigail Maley(?), Christena Turnbull, Georgina Matilda Netthercut(?), Isobel Fern. Cumming, Ethel Annie Bolton, Fred Carl Gronbach(?), Lucy Eleanor Beaubier, Sybil Clara Kerr, Bessie Euphemia Turnbull, and Arthur Clifford Cresswell.
RG 1 Brandon College fonds
Series 4: Office of the Registrar
4.11 Registration cards
File contains registration cards for the following students:
14a: Georgina Agar, Marion Laura Dauncey, Dorothy Margory Hall, Lucy Eleanor Beaubier, Helen Greye(?) Liddon, Gertrude Aola(?) Stone, Maude Campbell Davison(?), Marie Rosalind Mathie, Walter White, Bertha May Plant, WIlliam James Deans, Lily Beatrice Bevan, William Lloyd Fox, Annie Kate Wood Evans, Ethel Blanche Budd, Cassie Luella Melhuish, Alice Tena Patti West, Thomas Francis Blight, Francis Blight, James William Stranks, John MacGregor Menzies, Nancy C. Davison, Esther Magdalene Moore*, Jessie Agnes Kirkland, Leonora Alice Pilling, James Andrew Adams, Edgar Ernest Tilley, Sig?ad M. Olsen, Ruth Eunice Little, Edith Marion Little, Clarence Akitt(?) Bates, Hilda Dorothea Johnson, James Alexander Allen, Thomas Coldwell, Stuart Ovens, Ella May Anderson, Cyril Oscar Briggs, James Fraser McLennan, Daniel Fleming Pack, Wilhelmina Ann Fisher, Annie Black, Annie Morrison, Isabel Raine, Isabel Mildred Hamilton, Edna Jean Hamilton, William Duncan McKenzie, Jean Douglas Willmott, Charles Edgar Robertson, Mathew Edward Harkness, Charles William Ketcheson, Chester Melville McDonald, Harold Anthony Berry, George Hawking Underhill, John Wesley Chambers, Edwin Julius Carsten(?), Florence Naomi Waddell, Ethel Margaret Rourke, Ralph Morris Harwood, Reuben Simon Johnson, Victor William Johnson, Sydney Herbert Lye, Alice Elizabeth Caulthard, Frederick Garnet Grant, Audrey Harold Stevens, Annetta Ruby Cunningham, James Bavin Rowell, Mary Isabelle Green(?), Mary L. McGregor, Louise Carrick, Nellie Mable Ireland, Clara Edith Fortune, Anna Elizabeth Diamond, Minnie Marie Frisch, Minnie Howard, Charles Roy Stewart, William Percy McGregor, Katherine Diamond, Grace Clayton, Norman R. McDonald, Lillie Letitia Clark, Emma Josephine Johnson, Cecilia Margaret Hall, Frank Sterling Irving, Basil W. Smook, Sydney Lloyd Porter, Aaron Hargreaves, John Buckley Nield, Arthur Herbert Pullen, Maud Lilian Phelps, William Hnyherchuk, Eleanor Benson, Roy James Shaw, David Winton, Beatrice Ethel Clendening, Edmund Howard Olmstead, Mrs. F.G. Poole, Pearl M. Sharpe, William John Moffatt, Florence May Bourke, Harold Fletcher Shillington, Vernie Garvin Shillington, Leslie Harvey Donald Eyres, Harry Leslie Burke, David Allan Burke, Beatrice Alice Brigden, James B. Akehurst, Herbert Victor McLeod, Ada Jean Wade, Grace Elizabeth Moon, Walter Russell Hosie, Donald Grant McNeil, Martha Olivia Olsson, Archibald Edwin Pryke, Ella Mildred Rourke, Mary Althera(?) Burchill, John Judson Mumm, Earl Erik Dahlstrom, Muriel Ross, Alexander Evan Venables, Earl Stanley Dixon, Stephen Martin Doroschuk, Arthur Henry Jackson, Sarah Harriet Hall, Alexander Howard Leask, William Robinson(?), William F.H. Kahlo, William Carey McKee, Muriel Marguerite Lloyd, Alzina Edith Hall, Ernest H.J. Vincent, James Roy MacKay, Winifred Nairn, Jessie Bruce Elliott, Horace Arnold Kemp, Charles Gerald Stone, Gertie Christina(?) Stromgren, John Whitton Pickard, Fraser Reid McKinnon, James Ernest Moffat, Aileen Horton Fry, Thomas Benjamin McMillan, Henry Fridolf Widen, Delbert Russel Poole(?), Janet Myrtle McLaren, Donald Kippen, Arvid John Nordlund, Reginald Grant Edwards, Mrs. V.A. Snyder, John Robert Charles Evans, Ruby Muriel Fry, Irene Mildred Coade, Harry Walter Smith, Josiah Arkins(?) Scott, Gladys Rose Ferrier, Andrew Rutherford, William Earl Bolton, Alonzo Thorpe, Wellington Geddes Rathwell, Bessie Knowlton, Rose Bellamy, Caleb Jno. Tingley, Charles Cromwell Williams, Joseph Oren Cummins, James Robinson, Elijah D. Pound, James Wallace Burton Doucette, Edith Grant Lee, Stanley Herbert Miskiman, Julia May Ovens, Jack Kerr, Ethel May Forke, Herbert Charles Harris, Tom Hare Harris, Muriel Vivian McCamis, Lilian Wilhelmine Speers, Riley Smalley, Wallace Ross Donogh, Axel Helge Johnson, Ward(?) Ramsey(?) Davis*, Beulah M. Griffin, Rose Annie Gertrude Lines, Archibald Gordon, Victor Coen, Ruth Ella Clare Morgan, Duncan McDonald Olmstead, Ellen Helen Anderson, Vira May Long, John Peat Sinclair, Henry Knox, Oliver Urbin Chapman, Philip Duncan, Cordelia Gill, Evelyn Clare Campbell, H. Elmer Green(?), Reginald Wood, Charlotte Genevieve Dewar, Ida Atkinson Wright, Isabel Wright, Kate Muriel Henderson, Amy Gladys Scott, Georgie Alexander Lockhart, Gladys Huber Laidlaw, Wilma Alexandra Anderson, Douglas Edmund Bourke, Catharine Alice Bourke, Oscar James McFadyen, Icel(?) May Hodges, Genevieve Huber Laidlaw, Myrtle Aernnie(?) Stevenson, Vivian Bernice Pascoe, Robert Wellington McBain, Clara Evelyn Hardaker, Edith Mary Gerrand, Harry Cecil Mitchell, James Herbert Mitchell, Robert Flemming Jackson, Frances Sarah Wilcocks, Earl Nicholas Livingston, Clarence Harvey Innis, Sarah Alice Young, Dora Isabel Hettle, Arthur James Radley, Marguerite Bullock, John Leslie Thompson, May Harveline Dowling, Robert James Lang, Robert Allan McKee, Gertrude May Reid, Bertha Park, Myrtle Ar?tta McTavish, Kathleen Gilpin Cook, Nester Sabina McConnell, Lillie Lyle Ross, Percy William Underwood, Eva Wade, John William Sleight, William Ezra Wilkin, Robert Harvey*
14b: Charles Henry Koester, Edwin Calder Miskiman, Ida Fairy(?) O'Neil, Helen Jessie McDonald, Kathleen Augusta Johnson, Ole Nordine, William Saint George Hollies, Marjory Ashley Bucke, Evelyn Clark, Daisy Fenwick, Ella Ashton Mode*, Axel Carlson, Iva Mary Griffith, Frederick George Fisher, William Benjamin Cunningham, Lucy May Chapman, Mary Frampton, Annie Gladys Chapman, Kathleen Reesor, John Ashley(?) Maley, Ernie R. Hardaker, Charles Edgar Adey, Harold Alexander Fairbairn, James Harris McKee, Jean Marion Pickett, Flora Alexandra Fraser, Geraldine Margaret Martin, Gladys Hannah Waters, Florence Marion Gillies, Alice Annabell McCormick, Nina Mildred Ferguson, Arthur Ost Millions, Maynard Sarah Rathwell, Robert John Connor, James Clare Connor, Howard Eugene Poole, Delancey Roland Davis, Constance Gunn, Margaret Willmott, Carman Lisle Badgley, Leslie Alberta(?) Ward, Harley Moody Hughes, Herman John Ferrier, Gordon Daniel Herbert, Helena Augusta Kennedy, Nettie Amelia Ross, Jennie Mason Turnbull, John Campbell Hooper, Leroy J. Bouck, Johan Alfred Johnson, Charles Ganong Whidden, Myrtle Gerogina Bolger, Guddman John Sigurdson, Henry Alexander Irwin, Evan Whidden*, Elizabeth Dorothy Mooney, Laoura Teressa Leverington, Alice May Mooney, Myrtle Elizabeth Lumbard, Evelyn Juliana Simpson, Alberta Sahara(?) Jones, Marie Cameron, Marie Caroline Mallory, Josephine Mallory, Harriett Crawford, Lina Irene Smith, Susan Gwendolynne Whidden, Albert Duncan Munro, Bessie Marie Ballweber, Annie Laurie Laughton, Mable Dermody, Edna Jeanette McKillican, Eva Mary Blackburn, Annie Lillian Drummond, Pearl Margaret Chapman, Inga Hannah Iverson, Annie Marie Leverington, Marion Leta Cody, Dorothy Vernon Reeve, Ethel Margaret Cunliffe, Helen Elizabeth Hall, Mary Kennedy Hooper, Laura A. Wrye, Gilberta Kathleen Partridge, Edna May Koester, Vivian Ellenore Tucker, Nellie Viola Tucker, and Marguerite McFadden.
*Esther Magdalene Moore fonds.
*Son of Rev. G.B. Davis who, with Dr. John Crawford in 1879 at Rapid City, MB, undertook the creation of Prairie College as a Baptist seminary to train Baptist ministers for the Canadian west. G.B. Davis' brother, John Davis, who participated in the Prairie College project later published "The life story of a leper :autobiography of John E. Davis, Canadian Baptist missionary among the Telugus." The book is located in Rare Books BX6251.D295 1918.
*Dr. Robert Harvey fonds.
*Was the daughter of Dr. R.H. Mode, who taught theology at Brandon College and who became involved in a controversy over the curriculum taught at Brandon College because of comments made by him at a convention of Baptists in Vancouver in 1912.
*Evan McDonald Whidden fonds.
RG 1 Brandon College fonds
Series 4: Office of the Registrar
4.11 Registration cards